SOURCE: Wilton Products

May 21, 2012 05:00 ET

Family-Friendly Treats Make for Summertime Fun

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - May 21, 2012) - Kids love to help in the kitchen. "Made It Myself" Tasty Treats provide a perfect summer activity that every kid will enjoy decorating -- and eating.

Rice cereal treats may be known for being square, but with some dazzling decorations and a little imagination, this take on the classic snack is totally outside the box. Mom and Dad will need to stir up the ingredients -- dried fruits and nuts bring extra flavor and crunch to the traditional recipe -- but once the treats cool, the kids can get in the kitchen.

Use cookie cutters to create all sorts of clever confections. Add icing, sprinkles and sugars to flip flop cutouts for cute kicks -- they're sure to make a splash. Or try glitzy sunglasses decked out with Sparkle Gel and colorful candies, vibrantly bright bears with bowties, and more -- the possibilities are endless. These goodies may look too awesome to eat, but when children get a hold of them, the only evidence remaining will be on their sticky fingers.

For more summer decorating ideas or to purchase toppings, pans, Sparkle Gel and other supplies, visit

"Made It Myself" Tasty Treats
Yield: Each treat serves 1
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 packages (10 to 11 ounces each) regular marshmallows (about 60 marshmallows)
9 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup assorted diced dried fruit
1 cup pecans or other nuts, chopped (optional)
Ice Cream Cone, Sunglasses, Sandal, Cupcake, Bear, Jersey or other favorite metal cookie cutters
Primary and Bright Color-N-Swirl Icing Kits or favorite colors Decorating Icing in a tube
Sparkle Gel, assorted colors
Mega Sprinkles Tote

Line a 12 x 18-inch cookie pan with plastic wrap, allowing wrap to overhang pan edges, about 2 inches. Spray plastic wrap with vegetable pan spray.

In Dutch oven or very large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows; stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal, dried fruit and, if desired, pecans; mix thoroughly. Firmly press cereal mixture into prepared pan. Cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

Carefully remove treat from pan by lifting out plastic wrap to cake board or other flat surface. Set out assorted icing and sprinkles.

Cut rice cereal treat using cookie cutters. Decorate as desired with icing, Sparkle Gel and sprinkles.

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